Mental & Emotional Health
Research shows that as many as one in six U.S. children between 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder. Research also found that nearly half of children with these disorders did not receive counseling or treatment. As part of Children’s vision of having the healthiest kids in the nation, an updated strategy now focuses on a new, broader definition of health – one that includes mental and emotional health and looks at addressing the mental and emotional health crisis in new and innovative ways.
One of the new and innovative programs is Healthy Minds, a planned continuum of mental and emotional e-learning courses designed for K5-8th grade students. Healthy Minds will focus on education and raising awareness among students, providing an engaging look at what makes a healthy mind and introduces the skills needed to help students lead healthy lives. Healthy Minds 3rd Grade is the first available course, ready for you to implement in the 2019-2020 school year.
Healthy Minds aligns with National and Wisconsin Health Education Standards as well as the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Students and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Social and Emotional Learning Competencies. Using online and offline classroom activities, the courses will address:
- Recognizing feelings and emotions and learning how to deal with them
- Empathy and compassion
- Healthy relationships
- Common mental health disorders and concerns
- How to get help when needed
Easy to Implement
Healthy Minds can be used a stand-alone mental and emotional health curriculum, or as an innovative supplement to other current curriculum. Pre- and post-tests allow you to track your students’ knowledge and comprehension as they move through the course. As they are developed, each grade level course includes a comprehensive teacher’s guide that prepares teachers and counselors to use the course in the classroom.
See the chart below for an at-a-glance view of all available Healthy Minds courses, along with the features of each. Click on a course to go directly to that page.